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Apr 29, 2016 06:58PM

1357 First person is more active, but I write in third person. It's easy enough to share the protagonist's feelings, but I like the reader to see the same things she is so they can play sleuth right along with her.
Mar 29, 2016 02:23PM

1357 Kate,
When will the book be out and will it be available for ereaders? I hate to read online and don't nessicarily want to print out the book, so if it's affordable I'll buy a copy.
Jan 25, 2016 02:45PM

1357 It has to be the main character?
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Jan 07, 2016 07:02PM

1357 How do you determine which books to stock?
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Jan 07, 2016 12:45PM

1357 So how does it work?
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Dec 17, 2015 10:08PM

1357 We had six (at one time). One was a dog in a cat's body, one was a Siamese (need I say more) two were black and the sweetest, the others highly judgmental.
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Nov 14, 2015 01:33PM

1357 Finally got around to lowering the price of "The Murder House," book five in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series. But "Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes" just got pricier. It's still a bargain at $4.99. 228 + recipes and info about so many cozy mystery writers it will take the most devoted fan years to read all their books.
Nov 14, 2015 01:29PM

1357 Somehow I misplaced this thread...glad to find it again!
Oct 21, 2015 07:59AM

1357 One of my cozies, "The Widow's Walk League" starts on Halloween night and has a recurring figure of death. You might enjoy it.
1357 You don't have to buy the book, but look up "Cozy Food" on Amazon and flip it to the back cover. 128 cozy mystery writers contributed to the book and their names are listed on the back. Recipes are related (and often come from their books) to their writing. You'll have a list to keep you reading for some time.
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Jun 20, 2015 09:06AM

1357 I just had a great time investigating a setting. The Big Foot Museum in Felton, CA. is, for some reason, well known. I've lived less than twelve miles from it for years and have never stopped to see inside. This past Thursday I went by because I want to use it as the setting of a scene in the book I'm working on. What a hoot! It's tiny and stuffy inside, has cheesy displays, and was absolutely fascinating.
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May 31, 2015 08:24AM

1357 Like the authors you mentioned, I love a mystery set in the English countryside. I would happily consider living in a country village and do live in the country in a house that, at least from the front, could be situated near York. I would love to be able to write in a faraway setting, but find my imagination won't let me. I must see where I am so what I write is set in Santa Cruz, California, where I live.
May 07, 2015 06:28PM

1357 Congratulations on your first book and for recognizing how addictive writing is and planning a series.
Mar 01, 2015 10:10AM

1357 The second paragraph is filled with too much specific information. We don't need to know about the wealthy textile magnate, Lumbee Indians or swampland.
Jan 22, 2015 08:42AM

1357 There does seem to be a connection between food and cozies; if the amateur sleuth doesn't cook, food is still often mentioned in some manner. I compiled a cookbook of cozy mystery writers called "Cozy Food." 128 writers contributed recipes associated with their cozies, but not all had them in their books.

Perhaps you can compromise like I and many of them do. We have a recipe or two associated with our books (my protagonist is a Realtor who bakes cookies at open houses) but offer them on our website instead of in our books. You could say, "for a recipe for crazy Jillian's famous muffins, go to my website and download a free copy."
Dec 19, 2014 02:31PM

1357 Or for mystery writers like me.
Nov 13, 2014 04:48PM

1357 Give me some time. I have to finish book six in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series and then I'm planning to do a series called Geezers With Tools which will have male leads.
1357 Just followed your blog. These posts are going to be entertaining as all get-out.
Oct 30, 2014 10:59AM

1357 Marja,
That's one of my favorite movies. It oozes charm and fun.
Oct 30, 2014 07:46AM

1357 Got a kick out of this.
"What's the difference between a cat and a comma? One has claws at the end of its paws, the other's a pause at the end of a clause." -- Jake from Cruzio

Do you have other writerly phrases to share?
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